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Sarah Palin greets small crowd at Ronald Reagan's boyhood home as part of tour

Posted: August 13, 2011 - 10:51pm
Sarah Palin makes her way down the steps of the Ronald Reagan boyhood home Saturday in Dixon, Ill. Palin greeted a small crowd at the boyhood home of Reagan in northern Illinois.   The Associated Press
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Sarah Palin makes her way down the steps of the Ronald Reagan boyhood home Saturday in Dixon, Ill. Palin greeted a small crowd at the boyhood home of Reagan in northern Illinois.

DIXON, Ill. — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin kept quiet about a possible White House bid as she greeted a small crowd Saturday at the boyhood home of President Ronald Reagan in northern Illinois.

The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee stopped in Dixon as part of her “One Nation” bus tour, signing autographs and posing for cellphone pictures.

Palin called Reagan’s home beautiful and praised volunteers for their restoration efforts.

Anne Brousil of Dixon brought her copy of Runner’s World featuring Palin on the cover. Brousil said Palin is “personable, friendly and interested in the people that she’s talking with.”

The Sauk Valley Newspapers reported that Palin, her husband, Todd, and 10-year-old daughter, Piper, toured the house as part of the small city’s Reagan Trail Days, an annual five-day festival celebrating the 40th president. Reagan would have been 100. He died in 2004 at age 93.

Palin has kept quiet about her plans for a presidential run. She made a last-minute visit to the Iowa State Fair on Friday ahead of the Iowa Straw Poll in Ames, which Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann later won.

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